London 2012 Guide to…Sailing


BRITAIN were the most successful nation at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, which means it’ll be the same in London, right?

So it’s not a guarantee, but everyone is hopeful more success will come once again to Britain’s sailors.

Team GB lead the all-time sailing medal table with 49 medals overall, including 24 gold.

  • Sailing in London

First things first, sailing will not actually be happening in London!

Weymouth and Portland will be hosting the event, which sees 10 separate competitions.

There will be 380 athletes competing.

  • Races

There are two types of racing in sailing.

Match racing is between two boats, while fleet racing is where there is a mass start.

Competitors race initially in a round-robin format, before the knock-out stages

Match racing is often the more exciting, due to its cat and mouse nature.

And finally…

Look out for: Ben Ainslie – will become Britain’s most successful sailor ever should he win gold. He is already three-time Olympic champion.

Not to be confused with: a jolly on the water.

Useless but informative fact: the sport’s name was changed from yachting at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Sailing in two words: stay afloat.

Sailing events take place between Sunday 29th July and Saturday 11th August, at Weymouth and Portland.